I haven’t seen kitchen in 6 months: student chef in Australia

MELBOURNE - It’s not just Indians who are facing problems in Australia. An aspiring chef from Nepal, who is enrolled at a cooking school, said even after six months he hadn’t “seen the college kitchen”, a report said Monday.

“I don’t believe that there is a kitchen because I haven’t seen the college kitchen,” Kumar Khatri, who enrolled at the Sydney cooking school Austech, was qouted as saying by ABC online Monday.

He decided to quit and received a letter from professional debt collectors telling him to pay $5,000.

He told the Four Corners programme: “I just went directly to the college and he told me that if you do not pay, we will just process that, we’ll take it to the immigration. Your visa will be cancelled.”

Biwek Thapa, an education and migration agent who was dealing with six similar complaints, said: “I think it was a complete exploitation of international students because of ignorance: they’re new in the country; they’re scared their visa could be cancelled; enrolment could be cancelled. They would get into all sorts of problems.”


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